This post is going to be a bit different, because I let my dog Friday write it. Well, not actually write it (her paws aren’t dexterous enough to type) but dictate and proof-read it for me. She’s approved the format and content, I was only the typing dummy. I, er, we, hope you enjoy it.
Written by Friday
HI I AM FRIDAY I AM A DOG AND I LOVE HIKING!!!!!!!!!
WE DID HIKING ON THE WEEKEND. IT WAS FUN!!!!!! WE DID HIKING ON MISSOURI MOUNTAIN AND MT. BELFORD AND IT WAS SO PRETTY!!!!!!!
THEN WE WERE ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN. WE WERE ON TOP OF MISSOURI MOUNTAIN. I ATE BEEF JERKY AND I LOVE BEEF JERKY!!!!!!
WE WENT DOWN AND THEN WE WENT UP AGAIN. GARRISON LOVES TO GO DOWNHILL FAST. I LOVE TO GO DOWNHILL FAST TOO!!!!!!!!
TO GET TO MT. BELFORD WE WENT UP ELKHEAD PASS BUT THERE WERE NO ELK. I LOVE ELK I LOVE TO CHASE ELK!!!!!!! THEN IT HAILED AND WE ALMOST WENT BACK BUT THEN WE KEPT GOING.
THEN WE WERE ON THE TOP OF MT. BELFORD. IT WAS SO PRETTY!!!!
MAYBE WE WERE GOING TO DO MT. OXFORD TOO BUT THEN THERE WERE CLOUDS THAT MAKE THE LOUD SCARY NOISE AND WE WENT DOWN INSTEAD.
I LOVE WHEN WE GET TO THE TREES BECAUSE I CAN RUN THROUGH THE TREES AND I LOVE TO RUN THROUGH THE TREES!!!!! I AM VERY FAST!!!!
WE GOT TO THE BOTTOM AND GARRISON WANTED TO SIT BY THE RIVER. I WAS READY TO GO!!!!!
GARRISON HAD A SNACK AND I WAITED TO LEAVE. I LOVE HIKING!!!! I LOVE DAYS LIKE THAT DAY!!!!!!!
(Note from Garrison: I tried to explain to Friday that on the internet, caps lock indicates yelling, but she wanted it written that way. Even though she grossly overused exclamation marks, I think she has pretty good grammar for a dog and I like her simple phrasing. I’ll have to let her make posts more often. Good job, Friz. Regarding the mountains we climbed, Missouri Mountain and Mt. Belford are both 14ers and sit in the Belford Group of the Sawatch Range. They measure 14,067′ and 14,197′ respectively and are accessed easily off of US 24 outside of Buena Vista. Mt. Oxford, 14,153′, is often combined with these peaks and sits only 1.2 miles east of Belford. As mentioned, nasty thunderheads prevented us from the triple-header even though Friday had more than enough energy to get it done. We’ll save that summit for another day. -G)
(Note from Friday: I LOVE WRITING!!! WRITING IS FUN!!!! I LOVE HIKING MORE!!!!! THANK YOU FOR READING!!!!!!)
I feel like I’ve finally caught up after my trip to Africa. Caught up on work, rest, diet, everything.
That mean’s it’s time to play.
Weather willing, I’m aiming to hit some 14ers this weekend. Possibly hit the trifecta of Oxford, Belford and Missouri on Saturday. I hear there’s a pretty awesome meteor shower going on, so camping Saturday night could be sweet. Again, weather willing. (Tough to watch a meteor shower through the rain and clouds.)
Our August monsoon season is in full force. It’s been dumping water most of the day. We’ll see if that pattern holds through the weekend. If it does, no worries. I’ll find something to do locally. There’s always beer to brew…
This is a pretty late post for a Friday afternoon, but if you’re interested in joining me for some Colorado mountains, drop a line.
The past three days have been structured training. I’ve been doing plyometrics, hill sprints, mountain bike rides and early morning runs. I’ll add in some weight training this afternoon.
Yesterday before my ride I met with Dr. Scott Drumm, a great mentor of mine. (Drumm has put an attempt into Denali (North America’s tallest point), summitted plenty of mountains throughout the states and abroad and is a super strong endurance runner. In addition to being a great Exercise and Sport Science professor, I’m sure I’m missing a lot of his other accolades.) I picked his brain on training and nutrition and he offered a lot of great insight. Drumm helped me devise a rigorous training schedule that should help me summit Kili and still feel good.
Basically: get as high as possible as often as possible. Sleep high. Train high.
Of course, there are only so many possibilities for this type of training when one has a full time job five days of the week. So…
My weekends just got taken over by 14ers.
Before leaving for this expedition, I’d like to complete the following:
- Trip 1
- Mt. Harvard- 14,420′
- Mt. Columbia- 14,073′
- Trip 2
- Mt. Oxford- 14,153′
- Mt. Belford- 14,197
- Missouri Mountain- 14,067′
- Trip 3- DeCaLiBron
- Mt. Democrat- 14,148′
- Mt. Cameron- 14,238′
- Mt. Lincoln- 14,286′
- Mt. Bross- 14,172′
Ideally, the night before each of these trips I’ll sleep high at the trail head.
Ambitious? Maybe. So’s climbing the tallest mountain in Africa after surviving cancer twice.
As long as I listen to my body and don’t push it too far out of my comfort zone, I should be fine. Right? Right.
And obviously, I’ll be looking for training partners. Anyone want to climb some mountains?